your first book is less important than you realize

Here’s a public service announcement: your first book does not have to be your best book. And, as a corollary: if you’re not a best selling author by 30, you probably should not give up. I feel like I’m screaming into the void when I tell people that it’s okay that they’re 27 and not yet […]

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effective narration 101: narrative omniscience, part one

Our series on effective narration has returned! If you’re interested in taking a look at the earlier entries, I’ve collected all of the posts on effective narration in one spot for easy reference. Here’s a list of the earlier posts, if you’d like to start at the beginning: First-Person Narration Second-Person Narration Third-Person Narration, Part […]

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victory scotch (or: why you should feel good about your work)

Editorial Note: Check out the end of today’s post for some information about a promotion I’ve put together with the lovely ladies at Duolit! If you’ve been waiting for the Holiday Fairy to deliver you a free comprehensive editing package, now’s your chance! As writers, we spend a lot of time examining everything that can […]

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hating yourself does not make you a better writer

If you’re the kind of person who can crank out 10,000 words a week without blinking an eye, skip down your front steps into a field of daisies, and then sing a soaring song about the happiness in your heart, this post is not for you. Today, I want to talk to the self-defeatists out […]

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dealing with year-end burnout

After a lovely and productive visit with Kate, I’m back in Chicago. We’ll resume the series on effective narration next week, so don’t despair. Here’s the post that I intended to run on Monday. As the year draws to a close, I find myself being more and more overwhelmed by all of the things I’ve […]

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